It's the big holiday weekend, and I can finally post the reviews of all the movies I have been seeing, most of which go wide for Christmas.
NEW IN THEATRES...
* Broken Embraces, the new Pedro Almodovar is the movie for Penelope Cruz fans to see this weekend. Forget the one with the music.
* Nine, the musical remake of Fellini's 8 1/2 lacks the original's creative spark and is really just a snoozer. Second appearance by Penelope Cruz, first by Marion Cotillard this week, both of whom make this at least passable. See my link to a review of the Fellini a couple of spaces down.
* The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Rebecca Miller's new film. It falls apart in the final third, but the strong start and performances are enough to keep it as a recommended feature. Portlanders, this opens at Cinema 21 on Friday.
* Sherlock Holmes, Guy Ritchie's movie is the worst thing you can do to yourself this Christmas.
* A Single Man, Tom Ford's movie is the best thing you can do to yourself this Christmas.
* The Young Victoria, a lovely historical drama with Emily Blunt as the titular Queen.
UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...
* 8 1/2, Fellini's masterpiece on artistic frustration. And how frustrating that they turned this into Nine!
THIS WEEK IN DVD REVIEWS...
* Public Enemies: 2-Disc Special Edition, Michael Mann's gangster movie is the prettiest nap you can ever take. The second appearance of Marion Cotillard in this week's list of reviews. Between this and Nine, she deserves better.
* Tora-san: Collector's Set 1, the first four movies in the extensive Japanese film series, featuring a charismatic drifter in increasingly addictive romantic adventures.
Current Soundtrack: Rihanna, Rated R ($5.00 download!)
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